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Houston Independent School District

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The Houston Independent School District is the largest public school system in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States. HISD operates schools in most of Houston, Bellaire, and West University Place. The district also takes students from Southside Place, the Harris County portion of Missouri City, and a very small portion of Pasadena.

HISD once served the Harris County portion of Stafford, but the portion went to the newly established Stafford Municipal School District in 1982 when that school district started to serve the entire city of Stafford.

All of the HISD area is part of the taxation area for Houston Community College System.

Former HISD superintendent Rod Paige pushed the district into new heights with the PEER Program. Improving scores from its schools have caused a lot of praise from others nationwide. Kaye Stripling took over when Rod Paige headed to Washington, DC as part of United States President George W. Bush's Bush Administration cabinet. After Stripling stepped down as the interim Superintendent, Abelardo Saavedra became the superintendent of the district.

HISD is highly regarded in the bilingual education of its predominantly Hispanic student body (including recruiting teachers from Mexico, Spain, and Central and South America) and its magnet (Performing Arts, Science, Health Professions, Law Enforcement, etc) High Schools are considered a model for other urban school districts as a way to provide a high quality education and keep top performing students in the inner city from fleeing to private schools or exurban school districts.

There is recent controversy over HISD over a 2003 New York Times report that alleges that HISD is not reporting school violence to the police.

A 2003 state audit of HISD's performance caused more controversy. One of the district's most publicized accomplishments during the Paige era was a dramatic reduction in dropout rates. When 16 secondary schools, including Sharpstown High School, were audited, it was found that most of the students who left school from those schools in 2000-2001 should have been counted as dropouts, but were not. It was found that the administrators at Sharpstown deliberately changed the dropout rate at the school. The Sharpstown controversy resulted in a recommendation to label the entire HISD as "unacceptable." Former Sharpstown assistant principal Robert Kimball asserts that HISD coerced administrators at many schools to lie on dropout rates. HISD asserts that the fraud is only contained to Sharpstown, and that the false statistics at other schools were caused by confusion related to the state's system of tracking students who leave school.

Contents

HISD cities

List of schools

K-8 and K-12 Schools

  • Gregory Lincoln Education Center (Houston)
  • E.O. Smith Education Center (Houston)
  • T.H. Rogers School, in Houston, is unique in that it is part Vanguard school, part school for the deaf, and part school for multiply impaired children. The Vanguard program at this school is known as an academically rigorous program in Texas.
  • Woodson K-8 Center

Secondary schools

High schools

  • Accelerated Learning And Transition Academy (Alta) (Houston)
  • Stephen F. Austin High School, in the Second Ward neighborhood of Houston, is characterized by its Art Deco architecture.
  • Barbara Jordan High School (Houston)
  • Bellaire High School, in the city of Bellaire, has neighborhood, AP and IB Diploma programs. It has been ranked according to the Challenge Index by Jay Mathews as one of the top high schools in the United States.
  • Carnegie Vanguard High School (Houston)
  • Challenge Early College High School (Houston)
  • Chávez High School (Houston)
  • Community Services-Secondary (Houston)
  • Contemporary Learning Center High School (Houston)
  • Davis High School (Houston)
  • Debakey High School For Health Professions (Houston)
  • Eastwood Academy (Houston)
  • Energized For Excellence Alternative School (Houston)
  • Furr High School (Houston)
  • H. P. Carter Career Center (Houston)
  • Harper Alternative School (Houston)
  • HCC Life Skills Program (Houston)
  • Houston Drop Back In Academy (Houston)
  • Houston Night High School (Houston)
  • Jones High School (Houston)
  • Kashmere High School (Houston)
  • Kay On-Going Education Center High School (Houston)
  • Mirabeau B. Lamar Senior High School, in Houston, is a high school in HISD that has both neighborhood and IB programs.
  • High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Houston)
  • Lee High School (Houston)
  • Madison High School (Houston)
  • Middle College For Technology Careers (Houston)
  • Milby High School (Houston)
  • Ninth Grade Academy (Houston)
  • High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) is a performing arts high school located in the Montrose district of Houston.
  • Reagan High School (Houston)
  • Sam Houston High School, in Houston, is one of the oldest high schools in Texas. It has undergone five name changes and a location change since its founding in 1878 as "Houston Academy"
  • Scarborough High School (Houston)
  • Sharpstown High School (Houston)
  • Soar Center (Houston)
  • Sterling High School (Houston)
  • Waltrip High School (Houston)
  • Booker T. Washington High School (Houston)
  • Westbury High School (Houston)
  • Westside High School, in Houston's Westchase District, is known for its AP and Inertia Dance Company, the latter of which has been featured in People, and on Good Morning America. A reality show was once in the works for the thriving dance company.
  • Wheatley High School (Houston)
  • Worthing High School (Houston)
  • Jack Yates High School is a tradition in Houston's Third Ward.

Middle Schools

  • Accelerated Learning And Transition Academy (Alta) (Houston)
  • Attucks Middle School (Houston)
  • Black Middle School (Houston)
  • Briarmeadow Middle School (Houston)
  • Burbank Middle School (Houston)
  • Clifton Middle School (Houston)
  • Community Services-Secondary (Houston)
  • Contemporary Learning Center Middle School (Houston)
  • Cullen Middle School (Houston)
  • Deady Middle School (Houston)
  • Dominion Academy Charter School (Houston)
  • Dowling Middle School (Houston)
  • Edison Middle School (Houston)
  • Energized For Excellence Middle School (Houston)
  • Fleming Middle School (Houston)
  • Fondren Middle School (Houston)
  • Fonville Middle School (Houston)
  • Grady Middle School (Houston)
  • H P Carter Career Center (Houston)
  • Hamilton Middle School (Houston)
  • Harper Alternative School (Houston)
  • Hartman Middle School (Houston)
  • Hogg Middle School (Houston)
  • Holland Middle School (Houston)
  • Jackson Middle School (Houston)
  • Johnston Middle School (Houston)
  • Kaleidoscope/Caleidoscopio (Houston)
  • Kandy Stripe Academy (Houston)
  • Kay On-Going Education Center Middle School (Houston)
  • Key Middle School (Houston)
  • Sidney Lanier Middle School (Houston)
  • Las Americas (Houston)
  • Long Middle School (Houston)
  • M. C. Williams Middle School (Houston)
  • Marshall Middle School (Houston)
  • McReynolds Middle School (Houston)
  • Ortiz Middle School (Houston)
  • Patrick Henry Middle School (Houston)
  • John Pershing Middle School, in Houston, is a fine arts, neighborhood, and gifted and talented Middle School. Pershing celebrated its 75th anniversary in the 2003-2004 school year.
  • Pin Oak Middle School (Bellaire)
  • Project Chrysalis Middle School (Houston)
  • Pro-Vision School (Houston)
  • Revere Middle School (Houston)
  • Ryan Middle School (Houston)
  • Sharpstown Middle School (Houston)
  • Soar Center (Houston)
  • Stevenson Middle School (Houston)
  • Thomas Middle School (Houston)
  • Walipp (Houston)
  • Welch Middle School (Houston)
  • West Briar Middle School (Houston)

Primary Schools

  • A. A. Milne Elementary School (Houston)
  • A. D. S. D. P. (Houston)
  • Alcott Elementary School (Houston)
  • Allen Elementary School (Houston)
  • Almeda Elementary School (Houston)
  • Anderson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Ashford Elementary School (Houston)
  • Askew Elementary School (Houston)
  • Atherton Elementary School (Houston)
  • Banneker-Mcnair Math/Science Academy (Houston)
  • Barbara Bush Elementary School (Houston)
  • Barrick Elementary School (Houston)
  • Bastian Elementary School (Houston)
  • Bell Elementary School (Houston)
  • Bellfort Academy (Houston)
  • Benavidez Elementary School (Houston)
  • Benbrook Elementary School (Houston)
  • Berry Elementary School (Houston)
  • Blackshear Elementary School (Houston)
  • Bonham Elementary School (Houston)
  • Bonner Elementary School (Houston)
  • Bowie Elementary School (Houston)
  • Braeburn Elementary School (Houston)
  • Briargrove Elementary School (Houston)
  • Briarmeadow Charter School (Houston)
  • Briscoe Elementary School (Houston)
  • Brookline Elementary School (Houston)
  • Browning Elementary School (Houston)
  • Bruce Elementary School (Houston)
  • Burbank Elementary School (Houston)
  • Burnet Elementary School (Houston)
  • Burrus Elementary School (Houston)
  • Cage Elementary School (Houston)
  • Carrillo Elementary School (Houston)
  • Chatham Elementary School (Houston, closing in 2005)
  • Codwell Elementary School (Houston)
  • Community Services-Sec (Houston)
  • Concord Elementary School (Houston)
  • Condit Elementary School (Bellaire)
  • Coop Elementary School (Houston)
  • Cornelius Elementary School (Houston)
  • Crawford Elementary School (Houston)
  • Crespo Elementary School (Houston)
  • Crockett Elementary School (Houston)
  • Cunningham Elementary School (Houston)
  • Davila Elementary School (Houston)
  • DeChaumes Elementary School (Houston)
  • DeZavala Elementary School (Houston)
  • Diversity Roots And Wings Academy (Draw) (Houston)
  • Dodson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Dogan Elementary School (Houston)
  • Dominion Academy Charter School (Houston)
  • Douglass Elementary School (Houston)
  • Durham Elementary School (Houston)
  • Durkee Elementary School (Houston)
  • Easter Elementary School (Houston, closing in 2005)
  • Eliot Elementary School (Houston)
  • Elrod Elementary School (Houston)
  • Emerson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Energized For Excellence Academy (Houston)
  • Fairchild Elementary School (Houston, closing in 2006)
  • Field Elementary School (Houston)
  • Foerster Elementary School (Houston)
  • Fondren Elementary School (Houston)
  • Foster Elementary School (Houston)
  • Franklin Elementary School (Houston)
  • Frost Elementary School (Houston)
  • Gallegos Elementary School (Houston)
  • Garcia Elementary School (Houston)
  • Garden Oaks Elementary School (Houston)
  • Garden Villas Elementary School (Houston)
  • Golfcrest Elementary School (Houston)
  • Gordon Elementary School (Bellaire)
  • Gregg Elementary School (Houston)
  • Grimes Elementary School (Houston)
  • Grissom Elementary School (Houston)
  • Gross Elementary School (Houston)
  • J. R. Harris Elementary School (Houston)
  • R. P. Harris Elementary School (Houston)
  • Hartsfield Elementary School (Houston)
  • Harvard Elementary School (Houston)
  • Helms Elementary School (Houston)
  • J. Henderson Elementary School (Houston)
  • N. Henderson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Herod Elementary School (Houston)
  • Herrera Elementary School (Houston)
  • Highland Heights Elementary School (Houston)
  • Hobby Elementary School (Houston)
  • Hohl Elementary School (Houston)
  • Horn Academy (Bellaire)
  • Houston Gardens Elementary School
  • Isaacs Elementary School (Houston)
  • Janowski Elementary School (Houston)
  • Jean Hines/Caldwell Elementary School (a.k.a. Corinthian Pointe Relief Elementary School) (Houston, opening Fall 2005)
  • Jefferson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Jones Anson Elementary School (Houston)
  • J. Will Jones Elementary School (Houston)
  • Kandy Stripe Academy
  • Kashmere Gardens Elementary School (Houston)
  • Kelso Elementary School (Houston)
  • Kennedy Elementary School (Houston)
  • Ketelsen Elementary School (Houston)
  • Kolter Elementary School (Houston)
  • Lantrip Elementary School (Houston)
  • Law Elementary School (Houston)
  • Lewis Elementary School (Houston)
  • Lockhart Elementary School (Houston)
  • Longfellow Elementary School (Houston)
  • Looscan Elementary School (Houston)
  • Love Elementary School (Houston)
  • Lovett Elementary School (Houston)
  • Lyons Elementary School (Houston)
  • Macarthur Elementary School (Houston)
  • Macgregor Elementary School (Houston)
  • Mading Elementary School (Houston)
  • C. Martinez Elementary School (Houston)
  • R. Martinez Elementary School (Houston)
  • McDade Elementary School (Houston)
  • McNamara Elementary School (Houston)
  • Memorial Elementary School (Houston)
  • Mitchell Elementary School (Houston)
  • Montgomery Elementary School (Houston)
  • Moreno Elementary School (Houston, opening Fall 2005)
  • Neff Elementary School (Houston)
  • Northline Elementary School (Houston)
  • Oak Forest Elementary School (Houston)
  • Oates Elementary School (Houston)
  • Osborne Elementary School (Houston)
  • Park Place Elementary School (Houston)
  • Parker Elementary School (Houston)
  • Patterson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Peck Elementary School (Houston)
  • Petersen Elementary School (Houston)
  • Pilgrim Elementary School (Houston)
  • Piney Point Elementary School (Houston)
  • Pleasant Hill Academy Elementary School (Houston)
  • Pleasantville Elementary School (Houston)
  • Poe Elementary School (Houston)
  • Port Houston Elementary School (Houston)
  • Pro-Vision School (Houston)
  • Pugh Elementary School (Houston)
  • Red Elementary School (Houston)
  • Reynolds Elementary School (Houston)
  • Rhoads Elementary School (Houston)
  • River Oaks Elementary School, in Houston, is a school which draws students from the entire Houston Independent School District. River Oaks Elementary celebrated its 75th anniversary in the 2003-2004 school year.
  • Roberts Elementary School (Houston)
  • Robinson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Rodriguez Elementary School (Houston)
  • Will Rogers Elementary School (Houston, closing in 2006)
  • Roosevelt Elementary School (Houston)
  • Ross Elementary School (Houston)
  • Rucker Elementary School (Houston)
  • Rusk Elementary School (Houston)
  • Sanchez Elementary School (Houston)
  • Sanderson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Sands Point Elementary School (Houston)
  • Scarborough Elementary School (Houston)
  • School (Houston) At Post Oak
  • Scott Elementary School (Houston)
  • Scroggins Elementary School (Houston)
  • Seguin Elementary School (Houston)
  • Shadowbriar Elementary School (Houston)
  • Shearn Elementary School (Houston)
  • Sherman Elementary School (Houston)
  • Sinclair Elementary School (Houston)
  • Smith Elementary School (Houston)
  • Soar Center (Houston)
  • Southmayd Elementary School (Houston)
  • St. George Place Elementary School (Houston, opening Fall 2005)
  • St John's Academy (Houston)
  • Stevens Elementary School (Houston)
  • Stevenson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Sugar Grove Elementary School (Houston)
  • Sutton Elementary School (Houston)
  • Thompson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Tijerina Elementary School (Houston)
  • Tinsley Elementary School (Houston)
  • Travis Elementary School (Houston)
  • TSU/HISD Lab School (Houston)
  • Turner Elementary School (Houston)
  • Twain Elementary School (Houston)
  • Valley West Elementary School (Houston)
  • Wainwright Elementary School (Houston)
  • Walnut Bend Elementary School (Houston)
  • Wesley Elementary School (Houston)
  • West University Elementary School (West University Place)
  • Westside Elementary School (Houston, opening Fall 2005)
  • Wharton Elementary School (Houston)
  • Wheatley Child Development (Houston)
  • Whidby Elementary School (Houston)
  • White Elementary School (Houston)
  • Whittier Elementary School (Houston)
  • Wilson Elementary School (Houston)
  • Windsor Village Elementary School (Houston)
  • Woodson Elementary School (Houston)
  • YMCA Of Greater Houston Charter School (Houston)
  • Young Elementary School (Houston)
  • Young Learners (Houston)
  • Young Scholars Academy For Excellence (Houston)

Early Childhood Centers

  • Armandina Farias Early Childhood Center (Houston, opening August 2005)
  • Halpin Early Childhood Center (Houston)
  • Martin Luther King Early Childhood Center (Houston)
  • Ninfa Laurenzo Early Childhood Center (Houston)
  • Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Center (Houston, opening August 2005)

Former schools

Former secondary schools

Former high schools

  • San Jacinto High School

Former middle schools

  • Terrell Alternative School

Former primary schools

  • Argyle Elementary School (Argyle was located in a strip mall - Students rezoned to Foerster ES)
  • Brock Elementary School (Students rezoned to Crockett ES)
  • Carnegie Elementary School (Students rezoned to Woodson K-8 Center)
  • Clinton Park Elementary School (Students rezoned to Pleasantville ES)
  • Douglass Elementary School (Students rezoned to Dodson ES)
  • Eighth Avenue Elementary School (Students rezoned to Love ES)
  • Holden Elementary School (Students rezoned to Helms ES)
  • Lamar Elementary School (School replaced by Ketelsen ES)
  • Lee Elementary School (School replaced by Ketelsen ES)
  • Milam Elementary School (Students rezoned to Memorial ES)
  • Ryan Elementary School (Students rezoned to Jefferson ES and Looscan ES)
  • Sharpview Elementary School

Former early childhood centers

  • Langston Early Childhood Center (Students transferred to Crawford ES)

Notable teachers

See also


External links

Links on controversies

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